Each May 5th commemorates the Mexican victory over the French Empire in 1862. Cinco de Mayo continues to be a festive occasion in Mexico and among Mexican-Americans. Colorful decorations and delicious food are part of the traditions of over 150 years. You do not have to be Mexican to join in the fun! Have a fiesta with family and friends at your place with this fabulous Cinco de Mayo menu.
Simple Avocado Chicken Enchiladas
Most cooks fry their corn tortillas before making enchiladas. This zesty recipe cuts some calories without sacrificing taste. Warm the tortillas in the microwave, and dip them in a homemade avocado salsa. They are filled with juicy shredded chicken and topped with queso fresco and a drizzle of the flavorful salsa. It is a thrifty way to use leftover chicken!
Slow Cooker Pork Tacos
No time to prepare a roast in the oven for pulled pork? Let your slow-cooker do the work overnight or while you are at work. The fork-tender pork is slowly cooked with traditional Mexican spices, and a shot of pale ale. Fill warm corn tortillas with some pulled pork, and top it with quick homemade pickled onions and a little cilantro.
Authentic Mexican cooks make these little savory flautas by the dozens for meals and holidays. They may be stuffed with any delicious filling, then deep-fried to a golden crisp. This recipe uses a filling of shredded chicken. After frying, the rolls get topped with garden-fresh Pico De Gallo, shredded cheese, sour cream, and a zesty salsa verde.
Quick & Easy Frozen Margaritas
Nothing says Mexican-style celebration like a tequila-infused margarita! These iconic cocktails are even better frozen. When you make them in advance, you will not be stuck at the bar all evening making drinks. After mixing the ingredients with ice in the blender, pour into pint jars, seal, and put in the freezer. Remove the lid, dip the rims in salt, and serve.
This classic guacamole is the perfect appetizer or side dish for any of our meal ideas. Avocado and tomatoes provide the base for this dip while lemon juice, chilies, and garlic bring the perfect blend of flavors. Enjoy with chips, fresh tortillas, or alongside any of your favorite Mexican dishes.
Roasted Tomato-Chile De Arbol Salsa
When you create palate-pleasing salsas from fresh ingredients, you will abandon store-bought salsa forever. Try this easy recipe with oven-charred tomatoes, roasted chile de Arbol, and a saute of garlic, onions, and spices. Puree the mixture, strain, and serve. It is ideal for dipping or as a flavorful topping for your favorite Mexican inspired dishes.
Chicken Tortilla Soup
Enjoy the bold flavor notes of traditional Mexican spices in a warm, comforting soup. Imagine a savory broth chock full of black beans, corn, chilies, sautéed veggies, and spicy chunks of roasted chicken. In a little over an hour, the soup will be ready. Serve with your favorite toppings.
Tres Leche Cake
Sometimes, the simplest desserts are the best, such as this lovely tres leches cake. It is a traditional favorite for Mexican holidays. The light-as-air cake is poked with holes, and drizzled with three kinds of milk-- the “tres leches.” Frost it with a layer of fresh whipped cream, a dash of cinnamon, and sliced berries.
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